L'Hermitage Hotel is most definitely my first choice for amazing overall value, as it is with many former guests who have reviewed their stay online, and said that this is the place they will return to when visiting Vancouver. Guests agree and say it offers amazing value for the price. It's only a 6-minute walk to BC Place and Rogers Arena from here and there's plenty of good restaurants within an easy walk. Gastown (14 minutes), Yaletown (10 minutes) and even Granville Island (30 minutes) can be reached on foot from here. The closest SkyTrain stop is a 4-minute walk away. Guests liked the luxurious, well-equipped and spacious rooms, the downtown location and the very friendly and courteous staff who provide top-notch service at this hotel. There are two restaurants and an outdoor salt-water pool on site. Free amenities include bicycles, local calls and Wi-Fi. Parking is $25 per night.
The Ramada is my pick for best budget option, for those who want to "save their money for shopping" as one guest put it. Price-wise, it's one of the cheapest hotels located in the downtown and someone said that it looks a lot better inside than outside due to interior renovations. Included in the room rate is a hot breakfast buffet (think pancakes and eggs) and Wi-Fi. Valet parking is the only option here for an extra $25. Guests appreciated the hotel's location for being within walking distance of restaurants, the SkyTrain (4 minutes) plus many tourist destinations such as the waterfront and Vancouver's Cruise Terminal (8 minutes), the Vancouver Convention Centre (10 minutes), B. C. Place stadium (10 minutes), the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (performing arts) and Gastown (7 minutes).Guests spoke well of this hotel's affordable clean rooms, comfortable beds and pleasant staff.
Le Soleil is my top choice for value based on best experiences. A warm ambiance and good experience seems to await guests at this boutique hotel which feels like a "home away from home" for many reviewers who have stayed and left their comments online. Enjoyed amenities included the hotel's elegant decor, the location for being an easy walk to most things downtown (including Canada Place), rooms which were described as quiet and clean with comfortable beds and a separate living area, and the food served on site which one reviewer described in mouth-watering detail! Many guests spoke fondly of the hotel and it's staff and said that they plan to return to this hotel.
Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal : connecting to Victoria Island (arrives in Swartz-Bay in 1 hour, 30 minutes), as well as the Southern Gulf Islands and Nanaimo
Where to Stay in Vancouver If you're visiting Vancouver and you don't plan to check out Gastown, Stanley Park or Granville Island then you may as well curl up into a ball and lock yourself in a closet. You must check out these places as they are what make Vancouver...well, Vancouver.
Obviously staying in a hotel in downtown Vancouver is a popular choice, especially if you are there to go shopping or to check out Robson Street (remember the 2010 Olympic Games? Ya, that street.) You are close to most of the action and only a stone's throw from most of the popular tourist areas like the ones I mentioned above. However, be prepared to pay a premium for these hotels as the law of supply and demand is in effect (it's a bustling tourist area, what do you expect?). Some of these hotels will try to lure you in with spa, romance or site-seeing packages but with a bit of research you can usually set these up on your own.
So what makes each of the main areas of Vancouver unique, you ask? Well, if Victorian architecture doesn't put you to sleep then you'll probably enjoying a walking tour through the aforementioned Gastown (be sure not to wear fresh kicks though, you'll want something worked in and comfy for the stroll). If you're more adventurous and looking for something a bit more bustling then check out the farmer's market and live shows on Granville Island (take the bus there or ride a bike, parking is insane in the membrane). Finally, Stanley Park is fairly scenic with a bunch of gardens and artistic hubs, however do a bit of research first as to where you want to check out.
The Vancouver airport is located in the nearby city of Richmond, BC. If you're catching a flight in or out of the city (traffic can be a consideration) and you're not interested in staying in the downtown, you'll want to choose a hotel near Vancouver Airport or find something in Richmond.
Surrounding Area Vancouverites like to spend their free time outdoors and staying active, and with outdoor playgrounds like the Coast Mountains and the Pacific coast, it's obvious why. In fact, you don't even have to leave Vancouver to go mountain biking, hiking, sea kayaking, sailing, or rollerblading. Grouse Mountain is one of those places where you can strike a couple items like hiking and skiing (in the winter) off your must-do-activities checklist. If you're into a more leisurely pace, Vancouver has a great paved sea wall for biking and rollerblading that winds through Stanley Park and part of downtown. For the more hardcore sports enthusiast, there's Whistler. A 2 hour drive from Vancouver, Whistler is a mountain biking, golfing, zip-lining, skiing paradise. Though most people probably know Whistler for its winter activities, there's just as much fun to be had in the summertime. However, if you're going to do Whistler right, you don't want to be driving back and forth to Vancouver and it's probably best to find somewhere to overnight in Whistler.
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